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JustAFish
Member since Dec-16-02 · Last seen Nov-30-16
About me and my chess:

I've been getting a bit better lately- but still merit the appellation "fish."

The term "Fish," according to this article:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpa...

... refers to a "Patzer or and Easy Mark." That be me.

Fischer himself was known to employ the term when refering to his opponents. He, the Fischer, caught "Fish."

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/osm/...

I'd like to say that my OTB rating is decent (~1800 USCF) but frequent blunders, passive play in superior positions, not taking lower-rated players seriously enough, and a constitutional inability to maintain focus at important moments have prevented my obvious innate talent and deep learning from being fully reflected by my numerical score. <You too??>

Along with chess, I am an avid amateur astronomer, insane bicyclist, budding triathlete, discerning moviegoer, music buyer, scattershot concert attendee, low-budget gourmand, underweight weight lifter, habitual worrier, and world traveler. More time could be devoted to chess if my other hobbies didn't get in the way. Sadly, I am also an overly enthusiastic devotee of slumber- requiring an inconvenient 8 hours in order to function at an mental level greater than that of the average grouper.

I'm from Columbus, Ohio... (a less soul-sucking place than you would imagine)

I'm generally reluctant to pick a favorite player, but, if pushed against a wall and forced to cough up a name, I'd have to say "David Bronstein". Amongst today's crop I have really enjoyed watching Nakamura's and Nigel Short's games when they're on fire. They're both pretty boring when they're not, though. Of Lev Aronian and (recent) Carlsen, I have to say that I prefer to watch Aronian's games. Carlsen is amazing, of course- Karpov-like- but Aronian's games are more fun.

I play a few times per week on Playchess.com or ICC or Chess24 mostly 5 minutes blitz games, though I enjoy classic time control OTB the most (I suck at blitz, BTW.) I do a lot of Tactical puzzles on Chesstempo.com, but it doesn't seem to be doing me any good.

I am past president of the 200+ member Columbus Astronomical Society (I left the room and the rest was history...) and proud owner of a back-breaking 18-inch Obsession telescope and much more manageable, homemade 8-incher affectionately known as "Cannon".

I am happily married to a lovely wife who, for the most part, allows me to indulge my hobbies...

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My Forum

As a "Fish", I am a connoisseur of bad chess games. As such, I propose a chess forum dedicated to the "fish" in all of us. Post your most embarrassing moments, your horrible blunders, that slow frittering away of a significant advantage, or simply that moment in your chess life that you'd rather forget.

But no! Don't forget it! Turn that dusty old score sheet into a kind of fame, just not the sort of fame that you had intended when sitting down at the chessboard.

>> Click here to see JustAFish's game collections.

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   JustAFish has kibitzed 1578 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-28-16 Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
 
JustAFish: Anyone else having trouble with the official site? I've reloaded the page several times, and all I get is yesterday's games and video.
 
   Mar-25-16 Caruana vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
 
JustAFish: Doubling the rooks will also force the trade of one pair of rooks, giving Fabi the A file, which could be used to penetrate to the 7th.
 
   Mar-17-16 Caruana vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
JustAFish: I love the analysis on Chess24.com.
 
   Mar-16-16 Topalov vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
JustAFish: Is anyone else finding the "official" coverage almost impossible to watch with all the interruptions and ads?
 
   Mar-11-16 Anand vs Topalov, 2016 (replies)
 
JustAFish: Is there a delay between the actual moves and the official broadcast as an anti-cheating measure?
 
   Mar-09-16 Fischer vs C M Bedford, 1964 (replies)
 
JustAFish: I too looked at 1. Be6+ for a while, but then noticed after 1... Qxe6 2. Rxg7 Kxg7 3. Bh6+ Kf7!!, white is simply down a piece. One piece of advice I've seen for solving tactics puzzles is "if at first you don't succeed, switch up the move order." Employing this, Viola!, Bh6 ...
 
   Feb-23-16 H Tikkanen vs K Engstrom, 2014 (replies)
 
JustAFish: Oh darn. I made the mistake of: 1) ... Rxg2 2) Rxg2 f3 3) Rg3 e2 4) Rxf3 e1=Q (illegal move) I didn't see that Rxf3 was check!
 
   Dec-22-15 Santa Claus (replies)
 
JustAFish: Dear Santa, banana, avocado, rubber baby buggy bumpers, foo.
 
   Nov-25-15 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
JustAFish: <Well, for example it is a known fact Kasparov didn't allow "strong" players in simuls against him (where the limit was, sources differ - some say 1900, some 2000).> Perhaps this is the case later in his career. However, he did take on a team of the top US Juniors in the ...
 
   Jul-07-15 D Mackenzie vs D Pruess, 2006
 
JustAFish: And a nice article with more depth: http://magazine.storycollider.org/2...
 
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